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Following recent storms, some of the rights of way within the National Park may have sections which are temporarily closed or unsafe for visitors at this time.

Our current routes affected by these closure are:

The Simonside Hills
Simonside Family Walk
The Drake Stone and Harbottle
Copper Snout and Clennell Street
Elsdon into Harwood

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail also has a section which is currently closed due to a large number of fallen trees. The path between Milecastle 38 and 39 has been diverted onto the lower path. Access to Linhope Spout is also affected as the path is unsafe and there are a number of fallen trees.

College Valley update: the path to the hillfort on Sinkside Hill is blocked by several fallen trees. Please take care if visiting the area.

Hareshaw Linn update: National Park Rangers and Specialist Arboriculturists will be working at Hareshaw Linn from w/c 27th December 2021 to remove damaged and fallen trees from the area. At these times there may be restricted access to some parts of the Linn for the public’s safety.

Please stay away from woodland areas at this time and follow Northumberland National Park Authority on social media for updates. If visitors or the local community would like to report an issue on a right of way within the National Park, please contact

Further information can be found on the Forestry England website and on the Northumberland County Council Public Rights of Way page.

Using our Walking Routes are some of the best ways to uncover our wide skies, dramatic views and glorious history. Each of our Walking Routes has detailed route descriptions and mapping from the Outdoor Active website, many with an additional PDF download for you to print out and take with you on your walk.

All of our routes can be be found on Outdoor Active; free applications are available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

You can find detailed information of how to stay safe while enjoying the great outdoors in Northumberland National Park on our Walking Checklist page here.

When enjoying the outdoors, please respect other people and protect the environment by following The Countryside Code.

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